The public could soon be paying fees under the National Fee Demonstration Program to use 150,000 acres in the Mant-LaSal National Forest.

The area would extend south from the Fairview Trailhead to Joe's Valley and east to the forest boundary. The area is heavily used by snowmobilers and skiers and is a popular site for campers, hunters, fishermen and other mountain lovers.Three Manti-LaSal officers are holding public meetings throughout Sanpete County explaining the user fee program.

It would produce about $120,000 annually in revenue, according to Joe Gallagher, forest natural resources manager, based on current traffic counts. Eighty percent of the money collected would be spent on improvement projects and the rest for collection stations and direction signs.

Proposed fees are $3 per day, $10 for four days or $25 for the season.

The issue of user fees on federal land is already encountering some local opposition.